Seeking Equity Crowdfunding Backers? Take A Look At Your Company Logo

Company logos may not foretell a venture’s profitability, but they could help garner backing on equity crowdfunding platforms, especially if investors perceive them as complex, new research suggests. Previous studies have indicated that cues strongly associated with a startup venture’s potential success – signals such as patent ownership, the size of the equity raise and […]

U.S. Commerce Department won't publish economic data during shutdown: WSJ

FILE PHOTO: A fence surrounds the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington October 5, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Theiler (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis and Census Bureau will not publish economic data during the ongoing partial government shutdown, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing an agency spokeswoman. The Commerce […]

Some Things You Should Know About Surety Bonds

For many people, surety bonds are shrouded in mystery. In this post we talk about what a surety bond is and discuss some of the different types of surety bonds. Moreover, we define some of the applicable terms, such as “principal,” “obligee,” and “surety.” What Is a Surety Bond? A surety bond represents a kind of risk management. […]

How Virtual Receptionists Build Better Customer Relationships

Today, you can build connections with your customers even before they have done any business with you via various social media channels. But as a business owner, you can’t do this alone. You need help. Specifically, you need to use virtual receptionists. Here are a few ways in which virtual receptionists will work wonders for […]

Wall Street surge provides relief to battered stock markets

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares on Thursday rode a dramatic surge on Wall Street as markets, hammered by a recent drum roll of deepening political and economic gloom, cheered upbeat U.S. data and the Trump administration’s effort to shore up investor confidence. Pedestrians talk in front of an electronic board showing Nikkei share average outside […]

Sinopec suspends top officials at its trading arm: sources

FILE PHOTO: Unipec’s President Chen Bo speaks at the 34th Asia Pacific Petroleum Conference (APPEC) in Singapore September 24, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Chinese state oil major Sinopec (600028.SS) has suspended two senior officials at its trading arm Unipec after the company suffered losses, sources with knowledge of the matter said on Thursday. […]

Oil prices fall after jump the day before; glut, economy worries weigh

SEOUL (Reuters) – Oil fell on Thursday after soaring 8 percent in the previous session, as worries over a glut in crude supply and concerns over a faltering global economy pressured prices even as a stock market surge offered support. FILE PHOTO: Oil pours out of a spout from Edwin Drake’s original 1859 well that […]

Larry Eisenberg, 99, Dead; His Limericks Were Very Well Read

Larry Eisenberg, whom we well know, Has died (and his age is below). He opined on the news With limericks, whose Delightfulness leavens our woe. Dr. Eisenberg, who died on Tuesday at 99, was for more than a decade one of the most prolific contributors of reader comments on — and, by extension, on […]

LinkedIn Co-Founder Apologizes for Deception in Alabama Senate Race

Reid Hoffman, the tech billionaire whose money was spent on Russian-style social media deception in a Senate race last year, apologized on Wednesday, saying in a statement that he had not approved the operation and did not support such tactics in American politics. Mr. Hoffman said he had no idea that political operatives whose work […]

Most shorted stocks log record gain as Wall Street surges

NEW YORK (Reuters) – One notable factor in Wall Street’s monster rally on Wednesday was a record gain in an index of stocks that have the largest bets placed against them by market contrarians. A trader works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S.,December 26, […]

Ex-Insys CEO to plead guilty to opioid kickback scheme

BOSTON (Reuters) – The former chief executive of Insys Therapeutics Inc (INSY.O) has agreed to plead guilty to participating in a scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe a powerful opioid medication in order to boost its sales, U.S. prosecutors said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: A box of the Fentanyl-based drug Subsys, made by Insys Therapeutics […]

Dow notches record point surge in dramatic rebound

(Reuters) – The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged more than 1,000 points for the first time on Wednesday, leading a broad Wall Street rebound after a report that holiday sales were the strongest in years helped mollify concerns about the health of the economy. Following Wall Street’s worst-ever Christmas Eve drop in the previous session, […]

India Curbs Power of Amazon and Walmart to Sell Products Online

The Indian government dealt a surprise blow on Wednesday to the e-commerce ambitions of Amazon and Walmart, effectively barring the American companies from selling products supplied by affiliated companies on their Indian shopping sites and from offering their customers special discounts or exclusive products. If strictly interpreted, the new policies could force significant changes in […]

In Japan, a scramble for new workers disrupts traditional hiring

TOKYO(Reuters) – It’s a rite of spring in Japan: Major corporations hire fresh university graduates en masse every April, starting them all at the same salary with assurances of rising pay and lifetime employment. An employee of Mercari Inc. Takashi Murakami, 23, poses for a photograph at the company office in Tokyo, Japan, December 5, […]

Exxon continues drilling offshore Guyana as Venezuela lodges complaint

CARACAS (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) said on Wednesday its oil drilling and development activities offshore Guyana were unaffected by a weekend incident in which Venezuela’s navy stopped two exploration vessels the company had hired. The logo of Exxon Mobil Corporation is shown on a monitor above the floor of the New York Stock […]

Northern Lights, Cozy Hot Tubs: 11 Winter Glamping Spots You Need To See

Torassieppi Jerisjärvi in Northern Lapland, Finland.Photo courtesy of Have you always dreamed of seeing the Northern Lights in the middle of the wilderness? Does snuggling up next to a fire while snow falls on the roof of your cabin sound appealing? How about soaking in a hot tub outside in a winter wonderland? Glamping — code word for glamorous camping — isn’t a […]

7 Email Marketing Tricks All Solopreneurs Should Master

Email marketing hacks.Getty Royalty Free Email marketing works. In fact, it has a median ROI of 122% which is more than 4 times higher than that of other approaches. Eighty-nine percent of marketers claim that email is their primary channel for generating leads. Email marketing isn’t just for mid to large sized businesses eithers. It’s […]

noted: Is ‘Vintage’ Clothing Over?

ImageKim Kardashian West wore vintage Versace to opening night of “The Cher Show.” But can you tell from what era?CreditJenny Anderson/Getty Images for The Cher Show Resale sites have come a long way since the dawn of eBay. The ever-rising secondhand site Depop is entirely app-based, functioning as a cross between Instagram and a sales […]

How To Own Your Time In 2019

Which three areas consume the majority of your workday?Shutterstock How much time do you think the average leader spends interacting with employees and customers? Forty percent?  Fifty percent? A recent study outlined in Harvard Business Review reveals that it’s just 9 percent. Every leader who participated in the study was shocked by this number: They truly […]

Sister Wendy Beckett, Nun Who Became a BBC Star, Dies at 88

Sister Wendy Beckett, a Roman Catholic nun who interrupted a cloistered life of prayer in England in 1991 and soared to international stardom with lyrical BBC documentaries that made her one of the most improbable art critics in television history, died on Wednesday in the village of East Harling, England. She was 88. Her death […]

U.S. stocks attempt rebound

(Reuters) – U.S. stocks were attempting a modest rebound on Wednesday, boosted by technology shares and an Amazon-led jump in retailers, following four sessions of steep losses that pushed the S&P 500 and Dow Industrials near bear market territory. A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, […]

U.S. holiday shopping season best in six years: report

(Reuters) – Sales in the 2018 U.S. holiday shopping season rose 5.1 percent to over $850 billion, the strongest in six years, according to a Mastercard report on Wednesday, as shoppers were encouraged by a robust economy and early discounts. The data follows Inc’s announcement of a “record-breaking” selling season, with the online retail […]

Stocks and oil rebound after pre-holiday thumping

(Reuters) – Stocks and oil prices rebounded on Wednesday as the Trump administration attempted to shore up confidence and markets welcomed a report on strong U.S. holiday spending. MSCI’s gauge of stocks across the globe gained 0.22 percent, while Brent crude futures were last at $52.42, up 3.86 percent. Benchmarks for both oil and stocks […]

Stocks Rise as Wary Investors Face Prospect of Bear Market

Stocks rose on Wednesday, bolstered by strong data on holiday season retail sales even as the S&P 500 continued to hover near bear-market territory and remained on track to post its worst annual performance since the financial crisis a decade ago. The gains came as White House officials continued to try to calm a run […]

Morgan Stanley unit to pay $10 million fine for anti-money laundering violations

(Reuters) – Wall Street’s industry funded watchdog fined the U.S. brokerage unit of Morgan Stanley $10 million on Wednesday for compliance failures in the firm’s anti-money laundering program, the regulator said. A sign is displayed on the Morgan Stanley building in New York U.S., July 16, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) […]

Lawsuit against Boeing over Lion Air crash demands Chicago jury trial

Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) sub-committee head for air accidents, Nurcahyo Utomo, holds a model airplane while speaking during a news conference on its investigation into a Lion Air plane crash last month, in Jakarta, Indonesia November 28, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside CHICAGO(Reuters) – The family of a man who was killed when a Lion […]

Tech Fix: The Tech That Was Fixed in 2018 and the Tech That Still Needs Fixing

Personal technology was so awful this year that nobody would think you were paranoid if you dug a hole and buried your computer, phone and smart speaker under six feet of earth. Facebook made headlines week after week for failing to protect our privacy and for spreading misinformation. Juul, the e-cigarette company under investigation for […]

Oil rebounds from steep slide but growth fears still weigh

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil rebounded from recent losses on Wednesday, gaining more than 1 percent on perceptions that the price slide to 2017 lows prompted by economic worries has gone too far, too fast. FILE PHOTO: Oil pumps are seen after sunset outside Vaudoy-en-Brie, near Paris, France November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File Photo Crude […]

Facebook shares could hit $160 in 2019: Citron

FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed Facebook logo is seen in front of displayed cyber code in this illustration taken March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo (Reuters) – Short-seller Citron Research on Wednesday backed Facebook Inc, saying the stock could hit $160 in 2019 as the company’s revenue and user base have seen little impact from […]

Let the Fountain Pens Flow!

ImageScribble, scribble: the Pilot Metropolitan. Around 40 people had gathered on a recent weekday evening in SoHo at the Lamy store, a 600-square-foot ground-floor showcase of contemporary Germanic pen design. Packed around a table with notepads and test pens, the group, ethnically diverse but mostly men, lacked the slick appearance you expect of customers at […]

Rusal board chairman quits as part of U.S. sanctions waiver deal

FILE PHOTO: Matthias Warnig attends a meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev in Sochi, Russia October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian aluminum company Rusal said on Wednesday that board chairman Matthias Warnig resigned as part of a restructuring it agreed to implement in exchange for a waiver […]

Exxon continues drilling offshore Guyana despite Venezuela incident

The logo of Exxon Mobil Corporation is shown on a monitor above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, December 30, 2015. Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services said on April 26, 2016, it had cut Exxon Mobil Corp’s corporate credit rating to “AA+” from “AAA,” citing the impact of low oil […]

Special Report: Oil output goes AWOL in Venezuela as soldiers run PDVSA

CARACAS (Reuters) – Last July 6, Major General Manuel Quevedo joined his wife, a Catholic priest and a gathering of oil workers in prayer in a conference room at the headquarters of Petroleos de Venezuela SA, or PDVSA. The career military officer, who for the past year has been boss at the troubled state-owned oil […]


Photo (CC) by Nana-b-agyel, on Flickr The one consistent force facing all small business owners is that of change. As we prepare to enter a new year, it is not uncommon to take some time and think about things you would like to accomplish in 2019. The resolutions we lay out include those for our […]

How For-Profit Cosmetology Schools Entangle Students in Debt

When she was in cosmetology school, Tracy Lozano had a love-hate relationship with weekday mornings. Those predawn moments were the only time she saw her infant daughter awake, and she savored them. When the time came to hand the baby to her own mother, she said in a recent interview, she would stifle her tears, […]

Leaders Without a Professional New Year's Eve Resolution Are Just Middle Managers

Resolutions are good for the soulUnsplash Royalty Free It’s that time of the year high on calories and good intentions. Depending on which piece of research you choose to believe, new year’s eve resolutions are both immensely useful and utterly inconsequential. Detractors claim the road to hell is paved with good intentions, supporters point out that […]

Nissan's Kelly examined at Japanese hospital after securing bail

TOKYO (Reuters) – Nissan director Greg Kelly was being examined in a hospital on Wednesday, a source said, a day after he was released on bail from a Tokyo jail where his former boss Carlos Ghosn is still being detained. Greg Kelly, the former deputy of ousted Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, is seen in the […]

Stocks under a cloud as U.S. political tumult adds to growth anxiety

TOKYO (Reuters) – Global stock markets headed into the year-end under a heavy cloud after another rout this week as U.S. political uncertainty added to heightened concerns over slowing global economic growth. FILE PHOTO: Men look at stock quotation boards outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, December 5, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato Asian equities were shaky […]

Selling Real Estate in Russia? Are You Crazy?

MOSCOW — Elena Y. Kotova’s one-room apartment on the outskirts of Moscow had started to feel cramped. Her son was almost 4 years old. She and her husband had solid jobs, she as an economist and he as a manager of a construction company. It was time to buy a new home. “We just need […]

Trump praises Treasury Secretary Mnuchin but hits Fed again on rate rises

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Tuesday expressed confidence in Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin amid worries over a weakening economy and a stock market slump, but repeated his criticism of the U.S. Federal Reserve, saying it has raised interest rates too quickly. Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office after a Christmas video conference […]

Square Feet: Maine Waterfront Quandary: Restoration or Redevelopment?

BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Me. — As a child, Paul Coulombe used to spend lazy summer days with his family in this tiny coastal village. Now, convinced the town “hasn’t kept up,” he has plans to reshape it. Mr. Coulombe, a 65-year-old liquor magnate, has spent the last 10 years pouring his fortune into upgrading the Boothbay […]

Trump again hits Fed on rate rises; says U.S. firms present buying opportunity

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Tuesday reiterated that the U.S. Federal Reserve was raising interest rates too quickly but added that U.S. companies were “the greatest in the world” and presented a “tremendous” buying opportunity for investors. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump holds a video call with U.S. military service members in […]